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REVIEW – Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Vancouver (YVR)

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  • Class: Business
  • Access:
    • Star Alliance First and Business Class ticket holders
    • Star Alliance Gold card holders
  • Date: June 2016


Intro


Vancouver is a beautiful airport to transfer through. The views on approach were truly spectacular and once inside I encountered the friendliest border agents ever!

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Epic mountain scenery surrounding Vancouver airport

 

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The airport itself is amazingly designed, resplendent in a sea of foliage. This does a lot to combat that usual industrial feel of airports, it feels more like a themepark than a transport hub and is also surprisingly quiet.

SPOILER ALERT: my effusive praise will end here.

 


The Lounge


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You’d think that Air Canada would consider Vancouver to be a major international hub and would give it a lounge fitting of its status. If you thought that you’d be wrong. Instead what you have is a lounge that looks like an office supply store from the mid 90s.

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This lady handled all of the crudites with her bare hands before deciding on a favourite celery stick.

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Jacob’s Creek wine…

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Molson Canadian Premium Lager on tap

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A decent selection of mid-range spirits and some freshly made lemon and mint water.

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The one on the left is definitely pasta. The one on the right appears to be pasta, masquerading as grilled, circular chicken. I was not tempted to try either of the two.

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Overcooked vegetables on the left, chicken with mushrooms on the right and in the middle… some form of clay or cement perhaps?

 


Conclusion


Visiting this lounge made me feel dirty. I got in, took some pictures and left. The airport terminal is immeasurably more pleasant than this deplorable den of despair.

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